Posted July 28, 2014 by in Book Lists

2015 Pulitzer Prize Predictions

I know that it’s impossible to believe, but it’s already past the midpoint of 2014. Wow, that was fast! The TBR pile on my shelf was gigantic at the beginning of the year, but it has slowly dissipated, as summer has come and (nearly) gone. Thus far, 2014 is shaping up to be another great year for fiction. Speaking of excellent writing, it’s time to give an early look at the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction contenders. The big announcement won’t be until April 13, 2015, but it’s never too early to start reading the possible nominees.

Debut writers are capturing our hearts. Established novelists are showing us their best. There is a lot to choose from in this year’s selection of worthy titles. There are books about friends; there are stories of families. Mysteries are taking us from stone prisons to art galleries. Music, kidnappers, science, war, love, and murder are other buzz topics from this year’s crop of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction possibilities. Without further ado, here are the ten most likely titles—in order—from the first half of 2014 that you’ll hear announced on that majestic April morning:

1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

2. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

3. Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

4. Redeployment by Phil Klay

5. Bark by Lorrie Moore

6. The Kept by James Scott

7. All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

8. The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

9. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

10. Orfeo by Richard Powers

Which one do you think has the best shot of winning the 2015 Pulitzer Prize?  Take our poll below:

Pulitzer Watch: The Mid-Year Contenders

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As you can see, the list is already stacked with well-received novels. Are there other contenders that I missed? Sound off in the comments section below, and check back at the end of the year for an updated list.

Bradley Sides

Bradley Sides holds an M.A. in English. His fiction appears in numerous print and online journals. He is a staff writer for Bookkaholic and a frequent contributor to Drunk Monkeys. He resides in Florence, Alabama, with his wife, and he is working on securing a release date for his debut novel, Leaving Today.